COMMENCEMENT

From Rev. Solomon Keal, BACS Pastor
June 10, 2019

At this time of year many of us are thinking about the end of school and graduation. I’ve always thought it was interesting that graduation ceremonies are often called a “commencement” ceremony–a “beginning” ceremony. The “end” of school is the “beginning” of something new. I think that is an appropriate way to think about many things in life. There is always something old ending in our life, and there is always something new beginning. Life is change. And because of that, we can experience a mixture of sadness and happiness, stress and relief, and fear and hope. I am both happy and sad to be finishing another year of teaching.
The Lord is unchanging, eternal and infinite. Whereas we are constantly changing and finite. But it’s important to remember that the Lord is present in all of our changes. It’s not that we can only feel the Lord’s presence once we’ve finished making changes in our lives. It’s about knowing that the Lord is present in every change in our lives–beginning, middle and end. He is present with us in all of His love, wisdom, strength, peace and joy. The Lord is sitting in the front row of our “commencement” ceremony of life, cheering us on for all the work we’ve finished and all the work we still have ahead of us. He’s cheering us on as we face all of our beginnings and ends, because the Lord is the Beginning and the End: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13) The Lord is the commencement of our lives.
Congratulations to everyone who is finishing something, and beginning something new!


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